Care leavers should be “at the front of the queue” for jobs offered through the government’s new £2bn Kickstart scheme, ministers have said. The scheme which launches today gives employers the opportunity to offer young people on Universal Credit state-subsidised work placements offers businesses £1,500 to set up support and training for those on the scheme.


Next week, applications will open for the care leavers paid internships scheme, which will provide 12-month paid placements in central government for young people leaving care. Applications open from 7 September to 5 October.


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